Gold has a weekend of 70s running at the moment. One thing I have to hand to Gold is that they have a good stream of continuous oldies going most of the time. Trouble is I remember the station as Capital Gold, which had a stream of good announcers from the pirate days. It also had newer presenters like Randall Lee Rose and Caesar the Geezer for a while. David Andrews, once a presenter on during the night, has been given a prominent daytime show. The breakfast presenter is called Tony Dibbens or something like that. Have they invented the name to sound like Tony Blackburn? Sounds better on DAB than on MW, although I find it is great to listen to in the shower of a morning.
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Former England cricketer Ronnie Irani has left talkSPORT breakfast where he has been co-hosting with Alan Brazil.
Ronnie was on-air this morning (Thursday) but speculation has been mounting during the day on Twitter as his profile was removed from the breakfast show page at talksport.net.
A spokesperson from talkSPORT has confirmed his sudden departure: “Ronnie Irani will be leaving the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast with immediate effect.
“Ronnie has achieved huge amounts on the breakfast show over the past six years, during which it reached record numbers of listeners, but the time is right for a change.
“He will remain an integral part of talkSPORT during the Ashes this summer and winter, playing a key role in our cricket coverage.”
A single tweet from Ronnie this morning sees him thanking his listeners
BBC Radio 2 is set to cover the New Comedy Award again this year but will put audio from the regional heats on digital radio.
Radio 2 will air the launch, semi-finals and finals and Radio 4 Extra will host the regional heats, encouraging more people to use digital radio. (Waffler say – They don’t seem to realise that digital radio does not have the coverage of FM – a great way to lose listeners to a show that will not be getting a very large audience anyway, more of a tv show than a radio show?)
Steve Wright launched the event on this afternoon’s show, along with last year’s winner of the New Comedy Award, Lucy Beaumont.
The BBC Radio New Comedy Award aims to find the best up and coming stand-up talent in the UK. Previous finalists include Alan Carr, Peter Kay, Sarah Millican and Russell Howard.
Presenter of the New Comedy Award, Patrick Kielty said: “It’s fantastic to be hosting the BBC Radio New Comedy Awards again and this year it’s bigger and better than ever. I can’t wait to be back on the stage introducing the people who tomorrow will be stealing my job.”
The best entries will be selected for eight regional heats. Each week Radio 4 Extra will offer listeners the chance to hear highlights from the heats as well as coverage of the Wildcard contenders. Clips of the winning heats will also be played on Steve Wright’s show on Radio 2 each Friday.
BBC Radio 2 Controller Bob Shennan said: “Radio 2 has a strong and lengthy tradition of championing emerging talent. The BBC Radio New Comedy Award is a terrific opportunity for budding comics to break through and we are glad to have BBC Radio 4 Extra on board to bring this fantastic talent to new audiences.”
Executive producer for BBC Radio Comedy Alison Vernon Smith and Steve Bennett, editor of comedy website Chortle, will be head judges for the competition. They will be joined at each heat by a specially chosen judge from the comedy industry. At the final, a panel of judges will be present on the night but it’s the Radio 2 listeners who will be in charge of picking the winner by voting online and via SMS.
Caroline Raphael, Commissioning Editor, BBC Radio 4 Extra said:
“For anyone who enjoys comedy Radio 4 Extra broadcasts a huge number of programmes from across the decades and indeed centuries. A cavalcade of the very best, some remembered well, some dusted off and heard for the first time in many years. It is too easy to forget that all this glorious talent was once unknown and unheard.
“So it is with huge pleasure that BBC Radio 4 Extra is co-hosting the 2013 BBC New Comedy Awards with BBC Radio 2. BBC Radio 4 Extra’s involvement means the regional heats will now be broadcast as part of 4 Extra’s The Comedy Club. They will become the archive of the future, for some of these new voices will become the stars of tomorrow and we will be able to say, you heard them here first.”
Media will replace the output of Kerrang! Radio in the West Midlands with that of newly acquired digital station Planet Rock.
The move means no programmes will come from Birmingham with some redundancies being made to the programming team who currently provide local output.
105.2FM will turn into a relay of Planet Rock from London but will retain local adverts sold locally.
Media is taking advantage of the Digital Economy Act 2010 which allows a regional FM station to drop all local programmes if it has national DAB coverage.
Kerrang! Radio will continue in a different form online and on a number of local DAB slots but will be operated from London and will be re-aligned to match the magazine and television channel.
It’s part of a number of changes which also sees MOJO getting a slot on Planet Rock as MOJO Rocks’ presented by MOJO editor-in-chief Phil Alexander, and will air every Saturday night between 7pm and 10pm starting on 15th June.
The last day of programmes from Lionel Street will be June 14th.
Steve Parkinson, Managing Director, Bauer Radio London, said: “We are very excited about the opportunities offered through greater synergy of our three national rock brands – Kerrang!, MOJO and Planet Rock.
“Each brand has massive potential to grow and cross-promote through its own particular passion for the genre of rock music. We believe listeners will be excited about the enhancements we have planned for these much-loved brands.
“At the same time there will be increased opportunities for commercial partners to engage right across the UK’s community of rock music fans across key platforms of radio, print, TV, online and events.”
BBC Radio 2 breakfast show presenter Chris Evans has committed to hosting the Sony Radio Academy Awards for the next two years.
Chris Evans said: “I love hosting the Sonys – it’s a great awards ceremony and also a great event that I’m very proud to be a part of.”
John Myers, Chairman of the Sony Radio Academy Awards said: “We’re delighted that Chris has signed up for the 2014 and 2015 Awards.
“He’s a master at anchoring the event and adept at moving things along and keeping the audience together and on track to celebrate the very best of UK radio. The Radio Academy looks forward to continuing our working relationship with Chris and building on this year’s success.”
Before Chris, Paul Gambaccini hosted the event for ten years.
See all the winners from this year’s event here.